PS i understand that the 55 gal i want can only hold the 4 fish i have stated above
Its not the number of your fish persay but lentgh of them. We go by the length of the adult fish (not current size) minus the tail. As Aarron said you can have up to 11" of fish.. This does not mean you can have 4 lion fishs..
With that said sharks are one of those creatures we all would like to have.. Many of us do not cause we know and understadn the size of tank you really need
to take care of one. There also extremely messy eaters and are not reef safe..
Lions are gorgeous fish I would Love to have one but my tank does not allow it. Also Lions are not Reef-safe fish and since I have a reef its out the question any way.
A trigger.. They are not Reef safe either. They have very powerful jaws and like to eat inverts. If you get triggers you hve just bout limited yourself to a Fish only tank. Many are very cool looking but they can be a massive hazard to your inverts.
I did the same thing you did I walked into my LFS
and saw the S/W with all the great colors and just fell in love. Sadly my dad would not allow me to get one at the time "there too hard" "they cost to much" etc. So i waitd and well one day I was in there (when i was 14) and the owner was there.. Well I talked my dad into it. and today (almost a yr later) I have a reef tank with my favorite coral/invert a anemone. Thats my short history on getting into S/W and I plan never to leave and go back to F/W the colors and variety of fish is just not there.
A 55 gallon would be a execlent start for Saltwater. If you plan to start please do post back before you do and I and many others will help you get everything you need goin from cyclying the tank to getting your first fish to your first coral we will be here to help ya.
Welcome to the world of Saltwater!